Category Archives: Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton says she’s ready to help Americans find common ground

From AP: Hillary Clinton said Friday she’s “ready to come out of the woods” and help Americans find common ground.

Clinton’s gradual return to the public spotlight following her presidential election loss continued with a St. Patrick’s Day speech in her late father’s Pennsylvania hometown of Scranton.

“I’m like a lot of my friends right now, I have a hard time watching the news,” Clinton told an Irish women’s group.

But she urged a divided country to work together to solve problems, recalling how, as first lady, she met with female leaders working to bring peace to Northern Ireland. “I do not believe that we can let political divides harden into personal divides. And we can’t just ignore, or turn a cold shoulder to someone because they disagree with us politically,” she said.

Friday night’s speech was one of several she is to deliver in the coming months, including a May 26 commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College in Massachusetts. The Democrat also is working on a book of personal essays that will include some reflections on her loss to Donald Trump.

Clinton, who was spotted taking a walk in the woods around her hometown of Chappaqua, New York, two days after losing the election to Donald Trump, quipped she had wanted to stay in the woods, “but you can only do so much of that.”

She told the Society of Irish Women that it’ll be up to citizens, not a deeply polarized Washington, to bridge the political divide.

“I am ready to come out of the woods and to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this, to help draw strength that will enable everybody to keep going,” said Clinton.

Clinton was received warmly in Scranton, where her grandfather worked in a lace mill. Her father left Scranton for Chicago in search of work during the Great Depression, but returned often. Hillary Clinton spent summers at the family’s cottage on nearby Lake Winola.

She fondly recalled watching movies stretched across a bedsheet in a neighbor’s yard, and told of how the cottage had a toilet but no shower or tub. “Don’t tell anybody this, but we’d go down to the lake,” she said.

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The butt hurt is real: Trump-induced insomnia stalks blue-state America

From Yahoo: Susan Rogers, a poet and attorney in California, is “hurtling through space with no direction” on a plane that, she discovers with horror, has no pilot.

Alicia Bowman, a journalist from East Penn, Pa., is racing frantically through a train that is heading the wrong way, flinging off her belongings so she can run faster, calling frantically for her son, who is transgender.

Rachelle Pachtman, who does canine rescue on New York’s Upper West Side, is searching fruitlessly through her refrigerator for something to serve Michelle and Barack Obama, who have just happened to drop by for lunch.

And Allison Graham, a Los Angeles publicist, is in a hotel suite near her old Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, being interviewed by Donald Trump for a job as a supervisor on one of his big construction projects. “But I don’t know anything about real estate; I have no qualifications or experience,” she tells him. “Don’t worry, you’ll be great,” he says.

Then they all wake up.

Blue America is having trouble with sleep — tossing and turning as they lie awake, then falling into nightmares. And those who are suffering tend to blame the 45th president of the United States.

To be sure, a state of heightened anxiety over whoever is in the White House is not new. Two presidents ago, columnist Charles Krauthammer coined Bush Derangement Syndrome, the symptoms of which were the “acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.”  Next came Obama Derangement Syndrome, memorialized by a conspiracy-spouting satirical character on the “Stephanie Miller Happy Hour” radio show.

And now there’s what Hollywood screenwriter Sam Friedlander has spoofed as Trump-Induced Anxiety Disorder.

There is no way to quantify whether there are more sufferers during this administration than previous ones. But for those going through it this time around, it certainly seems very new and very real. And it looms largest in the dead of night, say dozens across the country who described their pillow-punching wakefulness and fraught sleep to Yahoo News.

“I fall asleep and wake up and get a snack and toss and turn and try to make sense of what’s going on,” says Linda Allen, who counsels parents of special-needs children on Long Island.  “It’s unfathomable and that inability to reason with it is frustrating, and the whole situation is also enraging. Who could sleep?”

“I have not slept a full night since the election,” says New York fashion designer Ariane Zurcher. “I’m 56 years old. I have never had insomnia or issues with sleeping until this.”

What’s going through their minds in the dark?

Erika Kilborn, a training director for a software company, who has just been diagnosed with cancer, worries she will lose her job as a result of her illness and not be able to afford new insurance as a result of changes in the health care law.

Lea Grover, a Chicago writer, has spent more than one night calculating where in her home she could build fake walls behind which to hide immigrants facing deportation.

Craig Haller, who advocates with school administrators on behalf of students with disabilities in and around Boston, fears changes at the Department of Education will hurt those students. “I’m afraid my son and nephew will be sent to a war I don’t believe in,” says Linda Cliff Derbacher, a former neonatal nurse now living in Southern California.

“I worry that even though my family members have been American citizens for generations we will be targeted … because of our surnames and our looks,” says Soraida Justiniano of Palm Harbor, Fla.

“I’m worried about the ‘Anne Franks‘ of Syria, Somalia, Yemen,” says tech industry employee Amanda Silver, who is literally sleepless in Seattle, her hometown. “I am afraid the democratic process is under attack by a nationalist, far-right, authoritarian leader,” says Lori Rivere Rodrig, who teaches math at a New Jersey high school.

The looming prospect of insomnia at the end of the day has led to a swath of ways to encourage sleep. For some, it starts long before bedtime.

The description of this butt hurt goes on for 4 PAGES. FOUR PAGES. If you are so inclined to read about the dismay of proggies and their inability to cope, go here.

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Cynthia Nixon is ‘afraid for us all’ with Trump as president

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Cynthia Nixon: Feeling the pressure or something…

The womyn actress can’t even articulate exactly what is causing her fear. She must be lost without a script.

From NY Post: Cynthia Nixon says she’s “scared for her daughter” under a Donald Trump government. The “Sex and The City” actress celebrated International Women’s Day by attending a benefit for Afghan Hands, which supports careers for women in Kabul.

But Nixon, who has joined protests against President Trump, said: “Being a female . . . I do feel added pressure. Because I feel like when you have a benevolent presence in the White House, it is one thing, and you take a lot of stuff for granted. But when you have Donald Trump in the White House, you have no choice but to step up.

She added, “I am not just afraid for my daughter’s future, I am afraid for us all. I am not afraid [what will happen] four years from now, I am scared for next month.

But Nixon further said at the Gabriel & Co. event that there’s an “upside” to the new administration. “People are really coming out . . . all around the world,” she said. “It is amazing and very inspiring. You wouldn’t think it would matter, but it matters what we see people doing, saying and protesting on TV.”

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Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate posted online by his half-brother Malik

Malik Obama, 59, is Barack Obama’s older half-brother. The two men share the same father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., but have different mothers. Malik’s mother was Obama Sr.’s first wife, Kezia. Malik has dual U.S.-Kenyan citizenship and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.

In the 2016 presidential election, Malik supported Donald Trump and attended the third Trump-Hillary debate as Trump’s guest. On his Twitter account @ObamaMalik, Malik has a picture of himself wearing a red MAGA cap and this self-description:

Now that my brother’s term is ended I am free to declare my support for Donald J. Trump President of the U.S.A.   

Two hours ago today, Malik tweeted an image of what appears to be Barack Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate, with the message “Surely. What’s this?”:

The birth certificate indicates the illicit former President of the United States Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Coast Province General Hospital, Mombasa, British Protectorate of Kenya. Indeed, in 1961 Kenya was still a British protectorate. Kenya became independent on December 12, 1963, under the UK’s Kenya Independence Act 1963.

The address of the Coast Province General Hospital is Bondeni, Kisauni Rd, Mombasa, Kenya. Click here for its Facebook page.

UPDATE (March 10, 2017):

The image that Malik Obama posted to Twitter appears to the same Kenyan birth certificate that a man named Lucas Smith had proffered years ago. Click here for the birth certificate acquired by Smith.

In 2009, Smith swore in a court affidavit that the Kenyan birth certificate of Barack Obama (Jr.) is real. In his filing, Smith declared that he traveled to Kenya in February of that year and paid off a military officer in order to obtain a copy of the birth certificate from Coast General Hospital in Mombasa. (Source: WND)

Here’s a video of Lucas Smith, presumably taken in Kenya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkWd2INPhL4

Lucas Smith’s website: http://www.WasObamaBornInKenya.com

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~Eowyn

NYT columnist Paul Krugman calls Trump presidency ‘white nationalist takeover’; urges Democrats to resist

18 U.S. Code § 2383 defines “sedition” as “Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto”.

Paul Krugman, 64, is an economist, a “Distinguished Professor” at CUNY, and a New York Times columnist. Wikipedia describes him as “born to a Jewish family”.

In an op/ed for the New York Times on February 27, 2017, Krugman comes dangerously close to sedition by:

  • Calling the election of Donald Trump a “white nationalist takeover of the U.S. government” and therefore racist. That, in turn, implies that both the election and the Trump presidency, which Krugman calls a “ruling clique,” are illegitimate.
  • Calling the only weeks-old Trump presidency “malfeasance,” the legal definition of which is “The commission of an act that is unequivocally illegal or completely wrongful”.
  • Claiming the MSM have been “bullied and bribed” by Trump into becoming “de facto propaganda organs of the ruling clique,” which is so ludicrous, it’s almost funny because if that were true, then Paul Krugman would not have his seditious op/ed published.
  • Proceeding from that premise, Krugman then applauds Democrats for their anger and outrage and urges them against making any compromises with the Trump administration, which of course would make governing impossible.

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Below is Paul Krugman’s op/ed, “The Uses of Outrage,” in its entirety:

Are you angry about the white nationalist takeover of the U.S. government? If so, you are definitely not alone. The first few weeks of the Trump administration have been marked by huge protests, furious crowds at congressional town halls, customer boycotts of businesses seen as Trump allies. And Democrats, responding to their base, have taken a hard line against cooperation with the new regime.

But is all this wise? Inevitably, one hears some voices urging everyone to cool it — to wait and see, to try to be constructive, to reach out to Trump supporters, to seek ground for compromise.

Just say no.

Outrage at what’s happening to America isn’t just justified, it’s essential. In fact, it may be our last chance of saving democracy.

Even in narrowly partisan terms, Democrats would be well advised to keep listening to their base. Anyone who claims that being seen as obstructionist will hurt them politically must have slept through the past couple of decades. Were Democrats rewarded for cooperating with George W. Bush? Were Republicans punished for their scorched-earth opposition to President Obama? Get real.

It’s true that white working-class voters, the core of Donald Trump’s support, don’t seem to care about the torrent of scandal: They won’t turn on him until they realize that his promises to bring back jobs and protect their health care were lies. But remember, he lost the popular vote, and would have lost the Electoral College if a significant number of college-educated voters hadn’t been misled by the media and the F.B.I. into believing that Hillary Clinton was somehow even less ethical than he was. Those voters are now having a rude awakening, and need to be kept awake.

Outrage may be especially significant for the 2018 midterm elections: the districts that will determine whether Democrats can take back the House next year have both relatively well-educated voters and large Hispanic populations, both groups likely to care about Trump malfeasance even if the white working class doesn’t (yet).

But there is a much bigger issue here than partisan politics, important as that is, given the evident determination of a Republican Congress to cover up whatever Mr. Trump does. For democracy itself is very much on the line, and an outraged populace may be our last defense.

Mr. Trump is clearly a would-be autocrat, and other Republicans are his willing enablers. Does anyone doubt it? And given this reality, it’s completely reasonable to worry that America will go the route of other nations, like Hungary, which remain democracies on paper but have become authoritarian states in practice.

How does this happen? A crucial part of the story is that the emerging autocracy uses the power of the state to intimidate and co-opt civil society — institutions outside the government proper. The media are bullied and bribed into becoming de facto propaganda organs of the ruling clique. Businesses are pressured to reward the clique’s friends and punish its enemies. Independent public figures are pushed into collaboration or silence. Sound familiar?

But an outraged populace can and must push back, using the power of disapproval to counter the influence of a corrupted government.

This means supporting news organizations that do their job and shunning those that act as agents of the regime. It means patronizing businesses that defend our values and not those willing to go along with undermining them. It means letting public figures, however nonpolitical their professions, know that people care about the stands they take, or don’t. For these are not normal times, and many things that would be acceptable in a less fraught situation aren’t O.K. now.

For example, it is not O.K. for newspapers to publish he-said-she-said pieces that paper over administration lies, let alone beat-sweetening puff pieces about Trump allies. It’s not O.K. for businesses to supply Mr. Trump with photo ops claiming undeserved credit for job creation — or for business leaders to serve on “advisory” panels that are really just another kind of photo op.

It’s not even O.K. to go golfing with the president, saying that it’s about showing respect for the office, not the man. Sorry, but when the office is held by someone trying to undermine the Constitution, doing anything that normalizes him and lends him respectability is a political act.

I’m sure many readers would rather live in a nation in which more of life could be separated from politics. So would I! But civil society is under assault from political forces, so that defending it is, necessarily, political. And justified outrage must fuel that defense. When neither the president nor his allies in Congress show any sign of respecting basic American values, an aroused public that’s willing to take names is all we have.

Paul Krugman has a habit of making extremist, threatening rhetoric. In a NYT op/ed in 2009 on why Congress must pass Obamacare into law, Krugman wrote, “A message to progressives: By all means, hang Senator Joe Lieberman in effigy.”

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~Eowyn

West Wing star Bradley Whitford launches tirade at Ivanka Trump for ‘enabling hatred’

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Yes, he’s wearing a “p*ssy hat.”

From Yahoo: One of the stars of US television programme The West Wing has fired a broadside at Ivanka Trump, accusing the President’s daughter of “enabling hatred” after her call for religious tolerance.

Bradley Whitford, who played White House deputy chief of staff Josh Lyman in the political drama, responded to Ms. Trump’s message with a diatribe against her father’s policies, his attempt to dispute Barack Obama’s place of birth, and also took aim at her husband Jared Kushner and the President’s senior adviser Steve Bannon.

He also made reference to Ms. Trump’s women’s clothing business, which was the subject of controversy after her father Donald Trump publicly attacked a retailer that said it was no longer stocking her products.

Whitford managed to fit all of his grievances into the 140 character limit of one tweet.

Ms. Trump’s original message on Twitter said: “America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers.”

Whitford responded with: “Your father is a racist birther, Steve Bannon an anti-Semetic opportunist. You and your husband are enabling hatred. F*** your shoes.”

Whitford is not the first West Wing star to attack the Trump administration. In January Whitford’s former co-star Richard Schiff told TMZ that Mr. Trump was “dangerous,” and said the President would “do anything to delegitimise the press.”

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2016 presidential election was a spiritual war, and it’s ongoing

“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.” –Ephesians 6

Inauguration Of Donald Trump As 45th President Of The United States

Trump was sworn in using both his own Bible, gifted to him by his mother, and the Bible used to swear in President Abraham Lincoln.

Trump’s inauguration set the record for most prayers at inaugural ceremonies.

Kate Irby reports for McClatchy DC, Jan. 20, 2017:

Trump, who is starting the day at St. John’s Church for a service at 8:30 a.m., will have six religious prayers as part of the ceremony, three invocations and three benedictions.

That’s a record, according to Jim Bendat, the author of “Democracy’s Big Day,” who was speaking on CNN Friday morning.

The first invocation is scheduled for 11:21 a.m. and the final benediction is scheduled for 12:14 p.m.

Trump will be sworn in using both his own Bible, gifted to him by his mother, and the Bible used to swear in President Abraham Lincoln.

The National Prayer Service will be held on Saturday and features 26 religious leaders. Most come from denominations of the Christian faith, but other faiths featured include Islam, Judaism and the Navajo Nation.

On the morning after his inauguration, President Trump attended an interfaith prayer service at Washington National Cathedral. Prayers asking for divine help for Trump were offered by clergy of Christian denominations (Catholic, Baptist, Episcopal), Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh.  (Daily Mail)

Contrast the above with these pics of satanists at the violent protests in D.C. on inaugural day (PJ Media):

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The spiritual war continues.

On January 23, 2017, his first full day of work in the White House, which was also a day after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Trump signed an executive order banning U.S. taxpayers’ funding of overseas pro-abortion groups.

WND reports, Feb. 23, 2017:

Exorcists, witches and occultists “in a number of magical groups” are announcing plans for a ritual designed to “bind Donald Trump and all who abet him.”

It’s to happen Friday at midnight at a variety of locations across the nation, and again every month until Donald Trump is no longer in office.

The rite, requiring a stub of a candle, a pin, salt, matches, a tarot card, a feather and other odds and ends, calls on spirits to ensure President Trump will “fail utterly.” It also includes burning a picture of the commander in chief, visualizing him “blowing apart into dust or ash.”

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~Eowyn